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The Blue Bottle Club: Newly Repackaged Edition [Paperback]

By Penelope J. Stokes (Author)
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Brendan Delaney, a television news reporter, embarks on a quest to find the women who left messages in a blue cobalt bottle detailing their hopes and dreams during the Depression.

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In 1929, four friends gathered in a cold, dusty attic on Christmas day to make a solemn pact. "Our dreams for the future," they whispered, placing tiny pieces of paper into a blue bottle.

But the girls' dreams of love, fame, and success take a twisted path of difficulty caused by seduction, betrayal, and loss--and nothing turns out as expected.

Years later, local news reporter Brendan Delaney stumbles upon the bottle and discovers the most poignant story of her career...and possibly the meaning she's searched for all her life.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   368
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   1.03 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 11, 2005
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
Edition  Reprinted  
ISBN  1595540512  
ISBN13  9781595540515  

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More About Penelope J. Stokes

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Penelope J. Stokes is the critically acclaimed author of The Blue Bottle Club, The Amethyst Heart, The Amber Photograph, The Treasure Box, The Wishing Jar and The Memory Book. She holds a Ph.D. in Renaissance Literature and was a college professor for 12 years before leaving the classroom to write full-time. Stokes resides in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. Visit her website at

Penelope J. Stokes currently resides in Asheville, in the state of North Carolina.

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An enjoyable read  Jan 31, 2007
I liked this book very much. It was a lite and easy book to read. The characters were enjoyable as were their stories. It is very faith based and some of the characters turn their back on God for awhile during their lifetimes, then finding thier way back to Him. I found myself liking the women and wanting to know their life stories. I would recommend this book for a night when you put on your PJ's and curl up on the couch with a cup of hot tea or hot chocolate.
Too heavy handed for me  Aug 14, 2006
When I started this book, I really, really wanted to like it. It was given to me by my aunts during the quilt bee this year (during their blue plate special luncheon) and the story sounded very interesting--four friends in the attic placing their dreams to the care of a blue bottle hidden up there. In reality, some of the elements of the story really are very good--the re-visioning of the fateful Christmas Day 1929 from each girl's perspective, the agony of dreams lost and new dreams found, the falling out of touch with old friends and reconnecting through a very unlikely source, the sentimentality that links us into a story. However, the story did not work for me for two reasons--God was too almighty and the prose was so preachy I felt like I was sitting in the back pew as an unbeliever.

I usually like reading stories that have a sense of mystery and awesome power. I don't really mind if the power is the Christian God or a similar being who acts to help us clueless humans along in our life-story. But what I do find hard to swallow is the God that Stokes used in this novel--he was just too convenient a plot device to hurry the characters out of their messes. For example when pregnant Adora faints from hunger and fatigue, it is God who places her in the arms of the caring Grace who helps her raise her son borne out of wedlock. And I really don't want to sound like an "unbeliever" in my criticism of the book, but I do want to emphasize that the spirituality in this book was too heavy handed and was too much of a plot device for my enjoyment.

Now, onto the prose. When I took creative writing, my professor intoned again and again, "Show, don't tell." If I want to talk about the fact that John has disgraced himself, I don't say "John has disgraced himself," I show his emotional turmoil, the friends who leave him because of his actions, the misery he feels because he sees that his actions put himself and others in a bad situation. Stokes TELLS us about every single detail of every single activity and spends 342 pages TELLING the reader about the spirit moving the characters rather than showing it. I was very impatient reading the book because I wanted to sit down with Stokes and explain how she would have a much more compelling work if she had taken some time to edit out the telling and do more showing, but then I realized that she's written and published something like 12 books, so maybe my creating writing professor didn't know what he was talking about.

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